Dutch official: Coalition talks break down over immigration

Reuters News
Posted: May 15, 2017 12:57 PM

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch official overseeing coalition talks between Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative VVD and three other parties said on Monday that discussions had broken down.

Edith Schippers told reporters the parties were unable to agree on immigration policy, one of the biggest issues during campaigning for a March 15 national election. She said she would submit a report on the talks' failure to parliament as soon as possible.

Rutte's party, the largest in parliament, must now investigate whether building an alternative coalition is possible.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Catherine Evans)